Sustainable UCL


Departmental Sustainability Ambassadors

Gain skills in project management, communications and leadership by supporting and motivating staff participating in Green Impact, an environmental behaviour change programme run by SOS-UK.

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This opportunity enables you to have a positive influence on making UCL more sustainable. You don't have to be studying an environmental or sustainability-related degree – an interest in making a positive change is all that’s needed! Volunteering hours vary depending on the teams' needs but are very flexible around workloads.


What do Departmental Sustainability Ambassadors do?

Green Impact is a UCL-wide environmental competition and accreditation scheme that allows departments and divisions across the university to improve their environmental impact, support UCL's Sustainability Strategy and engage peers and colleagues with these essential issues. Many teams require support for their ambitious sustainability projects and that is why they work with departmental sustainability ambassadors. As a departmental sustainability ambassador:

  1. You will be trained in sustainability, behaviour change and project management techniques.

  2. You will join a staff member or team and assist them in completing the Green Impact workbookPlease note, this team will not necessarily be part of your academic department as not all departments have Green Impact teams. Instead, you will be paired with a team based on the skills you’d like to develop and the support each team needs.

  3. Students will have the opportunity and support to embed their own sustainability initiatives within departments. 

How does it work?

  • Teams are given access to an online toolkit with Bronze, Silver and Gold criteria to help them create a more sustainable workplace. Criteria is simple, clear and easy to implement. Resources and examples of good practice from across different organisations are provided. 

  • Teams require support at all levels and may even require your ideas to develop a project! The aim of this role is to encourage and inspire the UCL community and to engage them with Sustainable UCL’s ambitious Strategy.

  • All participating teams will be awarded for their efforts and depending on their performance will achieve a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Projects Award at the UCL Sustainability Awards in July. You will be invited to this ceremony.


  • Contact and meet with allocated teams to discuss working arrangements; continue to meet with them periodically (as agreed between team and project assistant). Sustainability staff members will attend the first meeting and further meetings if required. 

  • Support the team in its Green Impact actions according to its requirements and the agreed goals. Examples include:

    • Undertaking a plastic audit in the department;

    • Helping to organise a sustainable event e.g. Fairtrade bake-off or wellbeing walk;

    • Communicate sustainability initiatives to staff and students;  

    • Reviewing the department’s travel or printing policies;

    • Collecting photographs, case studies and write blog entries for the department;

    • Collecting evidence and work with the team to ensure that their toolkit is submitted on time in May.

Students can also undertake their own sustainability initiatives and projects. Sustainable UCL will work with you and your team to ensure the project is suitable.

Have a look at an example toolkit: www.greenimpact.org.uk/example, username: example@nus.org.uk, password: example.


  • Continual 1 – 1 support via email or phone from your departmental team contact;

  • A WhatsApp grroup between ambassadors;

  • Teams will arrange monthly meetings and will work with you on Green Impact;

  • Training from SOS

Apply by 15th October